Review: Dragon Quest Heroes II

Review: Dragon Quest Heroes II screenshot

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below not only launched with one of the worst subtitles in gaming history, but some design flaws. Some stemmed directly from latent problems with Omega Force’s approach to hack-and-slash games, and others were unique to Heroes

The sequel, with the thankfully simplified nomenclature of Dragon Quest Heroes II, does make some improvements, but keeps several of the same issues intact

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Industrious fan makes first-person Pikmin 2 a reality

Industrious fan makes first-person Pikmin 2 a reality screenshot

Here’s a Neat Little Thing to cap off your day from YouTube user Scruffy.

It’s a dive into Pikmin 2‘s inner workings to come up with and modify a first-person view in a game that wasn’t meant to have one. The results — even in this still-experimental stage — are impressive.

There’s a lot of explanatory buildup and technical talk, albeit helped along by some darn good visual aids. With that in mind, if you’d rather just skip ahead to see what a Pikmin game can look like from Olimar’s low-down perspective, that footage begins exactly 10 minutes into the video. Cool stuff.

[Via Go Nintendo]

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Zen Studios is bringing Infinite Minigolf to Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

Zen Studios is bringing Infinite Minigolf to Switch, PS4, and Xbox One screenshot

It’s hard to shake the notion of Zen Studios working on anything outside of the pinball space, but it’s happened plenty of times before, and it’ll happen again. For instance: Planet Minigolf. Remember that one? Its followup, Infinite Minigolf, released last year on PC and is now headed to consoles.

As you can see in this recent trailer, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on the game’s course editor. “The team has spent a lot of time developing better tools for players to make their own content – which was the number one request from players,” says head of studio Tamas Balog. “If you enjoy minigolf as well as creating and sharing your own content, Infinite Minigolf was designed for you.”

The existing PC version is still working its way through Steam Early Access, but the full release and console versions (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) should be out later this spring. And on PC and PS4, there’s also virtual reality support, something I’d be especially keen to try out.

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Stardew Valley now has better controller and language support on PC

Stardew Valley now has better controller and language support on PC screenshot

With today’s PC update for Stardew Valley, it’s just a little bit easier to embrace the laborious farm life while playing with a gamepad instead of a mouse and keyboard. Menu navigation now works more like you’d expect, with your cursor snapping between items, and feels smoother all around.

Better yet, for non-English players, there are new localizations. The patch notes:

  • Translations for German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.
  • When using a controller, the cursor will snap between menu buttons by default. If you disable that, the cursor will instead accelerate while moving.
  • When using a controller, pressing the back button will skip events that are skippable.
  • Exit to Title has returned.
  • Bug fixes

It’s nice to see Stardew further open itself up to a wider audience, and as for the controller tweaks, I’ll look forward to them crossing over to the console versions of the game soon enough.

Stardew Valley 1.2 is out on PC! [Stardew Valley]

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Relive the blocky, pixelated glory of the original Tomb Raider in your browser

Relive the blocky, pixelated glory of the original Tomb Raider in your browser screenshot

The original Tomb Raider may not have aged all too well, but it definitely remains an important title in the fifth console generation. Not only was it one of the first mainstream titles to feature a female lead, it also introduced gamers to the concept of massive scale puzzle solving that was never seen before. It did Indiana Jones better than any of the previous licensed Jones titles.

While there are plenty of ways to relive the misery glory of the classic game, you can now do so without actually downloading the title. A modder by the name of XProger has spent the past few months working on an open source port of Tomb Raider that can now be played from within your browser of choice (although probably not Edge since Edge really sucks).

This version is called OpenLara (hehe) and it features third and first-person viewpoints for you to tinker around with. While it currently only features the second level of the game, if you happen to own the original on PC you can load in the map files and try those. This port also has native support for modern gamepads and introduces actual camera control, although it doesn’t remove the tank controls. At least you can have a more comfortable time while cursing at Lara for running straight into a damn wall, which is honestly all I’ve ever needed.

You can play this version over on XProger’s website. Its fun for a nostalgic trip, if nothing else.

Play the original Tomb Raider in your browser with unlocked FPS [PC Gamer]

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These videos from Platinum could very well be teasing Bayonetta 3

These videos from Platinum could very well be teasing Bayonetta 3 screenshot

A certain amount of restraint is required when analyzing teasers (or what we think might be teasers) for unofficial projects. It’s easy to let the imagination run wild connecting dots that might be nothing more than coincidence or red herrings. That’s especially true for something as widely longed for as another Bayonetta sequel.

Today, Platinum uploaded a series of Bayonetta clips that each play three times before the video is over. It’s just a bunch of voiced dialogue, like her saying “Now it’s time to be naughty” and “Don’t fuck with a witch.” As a reddit user points out, these videos were posted to supplement this article on Platinum’s site where it seems like Bayonetta teaches english. There’s no obvious answer as to why they all loop three times.

In this instance, the notion these are teasers are actually teasers is helped along by recent circumstance. Platinum has been on a roll lately, porting the original Bayonetta to PC and seemingly ready to do the same with Vanquish. Also, we’re at that pre-E3 time of the year when these sorts of things tend to materialize.

So maybe don’t read too far into these videos and convince yourself that Bayonetta 3 is going to happen. But we can’t blame you if you do. The heart wants what the heart wants. 

PlatinumGames Inc. [YouTube via reddit]

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